Week 30 of the Premier League season is nearly upon us, and, with a full slate of games, fans all around the league will get the chance to watch their favourite teams perform.
The North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal and the battle between Manchester United and Liverpool headline an interesting set of ties, and we'll be talking about the most notable matchups as we predict every match played this weekend.
|Saturday 15 March||12:45 pm||Hull City||0-2||Manchester City|
|Saturday 15 March||03:00pm||Everton||3-1||Cardiff|
|Saturday 15 March||03:00pm||Fulham||2-2||Newcastle|
|Saturday 15 March||03:00pm||Southampton||2-0||Norwich|
|Saturday 15 March||03:00pm||Stoke||0-0||West Ham|
|Saturday 15 March||03:00pm||Sunderland||2-1||Crystal Pacale|
|Saturday 15 March||03:00pm||Swansea||1-0||West Bromwich|
|Saturday 15 March||05:30 pm||Aston Villa||1-3||Chelsea|
|Sunday 16 March||01:30 pm||Manchester United||2-2||Liverpool|
|Sunday 16 March||04:00 pm||Tottenham||1-3||Arsenal|
TV info and Live stream: Four matches will be available for viewers in the UK as BT Sport will broadcast Hull City vs. Manchester City and Sky Sports 1 have the rights to Aston Villa vs. Chelsea, Manchester United vs. Liverpool and Tottenham vs. Arsenal.
Tottenham vs. Arsenal
The North London derby will see its latest chapter as the Spurs host Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham's heavy loss at the hands of Chelsea has all but eliminated the team from top-four contention, but the Lilywhites would like nothing more than to play spoilers to Arsenal's title hopes.
As shared by this fan, the derby with Tottenham falls right in the middle of a difficult stretch for the Gunners:
Arsenal next 5 games: Everton (h) Bayern Munich (a) Tottenham (a) Chelsea (a) Manchester City (h) #afc— Arsenal (@Goonerz1886) March 1, 2014
The Independent's James Orr reports Arsene Wenger confirms Aaron Ramsey and Kim Kallstrom will both be available for the match against Tottenham:
"Aaron Ramsey is one week away," Wenger said. "I think the next two games are coming too soon for him but for the weekend after [against Tottenham] he should be available. Kallstrom as well."
The Gunners will need all the help they can get. While Tottenham may be struggling right now, derbies like these bring out the best in everyone, and fans already looking past Tottenham could be making a grave mistake:
Kallstrom and AR back? The derby will be bantz— Jubz (@TheWengerWay) March 9, 2014
Arsenal need the win to remain in contention for the EPL title, and Tim Sherwood would like nothing more than for his team to end said title hopes.
Players to watch: Aaron Ramsey, Christian Eriksen
Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Tottenham and Arsenal aren't the only two teams that will resume their rivalry. United and Liverpool will square off as well, and this year, it seems like the tables have been turned.
Liverpool find themselves sitting second in the EPL table and have a realistic chance at challenging Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. United, meanwhile, have dropped all the way to sixth and will have to start a run of results if they are to have any hope of playing UEFA Champions League football next season.
The Reds have been playing free-flowing attacking football, which could spell trouble for a Manchester midfield that has not been able to assert its dominance on opponents all season.
Similar to Tottenham, beating Liverpool and ruining their chances at the title would be very satisfying for the Mancunians. United legend Gary Neville took a first, careful shot at the Reds:
Based on form alone, this game shouldn't even be close. But we've seen some crazy games between these two teams over the years (Football Fan Cast has a nice top 10) and fans will be hoping for yet another one on Sunday.
Players to watch: Luis Suarez/Daniel Sturridge, Marouane Fellaini
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea
This could be the very definition of a trap game, and thankfully, Sky Sports will be broadcasting the match for all to see.
A spectacular victory over Norwich has given Villa a bit of breathing space in the middle of the table, but Paul Lambert's troops will be looking for more points in an attempt to make sure the team remains safe from relegation.
The Blues are in the driver's seat for the EPL title but can't afford to drop any points against mid-table sides, and a busy domestic schedule combined with a full slate of games in the UCL has the team under a lot of pressure.
This fan shared an interesting statistic:
Mourinho's Chelsea have never won at Villa Park. Limbs if we keep that run going next Saturday.— SILK (@SILK1874) March 8, 2014
Christian Benteke scored two stunning goals against Norwich and will be looking to build on his scoring tally, while his compatriot Eden Hazard has been enjoying a sensational season for Chelsea. This game could come down to which Belgian has the biggest impact, and it would be foolish to bet against Hazard.
Players to watch: Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard